Universities Preserve History Through Technology

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Universities are usually at the forefront of using innovative technology in order to make strides on everything from cyber security to organic 3D printing. To add to this list, technology also has the potential to preserve historical creations to make sure they are not forgotten. IBM has always sold the ways that their technology can have a hand in preserving history and culture. Anywhere from deciphering ancient texts to preserving architecture, or creating digitized libraries, IBM has been essential in preserving history while making it accessible, animated and alive. Following in IBM’s footsteps, many universities have stepped up to use the technology they have to keep history alive.

As lecture capture gained more popularity on campus, Kansas State University wanted to find a way to keep all academic videos, along with historical footage. Through cloud technology, made available for lecture by its vendor, the college created a video content management system to capture and archive current and old lectures as well as quests speakers and historical videos. Along with using cloud technology, 3D scanning is used as a means of keeping historical and archaeological items safe. With the unrest is the Middle East, the historical sites are vulnerable to attack and ruin.

Herbert Mascher, an anthropology and geosciences professor at the University of South Florida, writes that organizations and universities have stepped up using technology to preserves the sites and museums in these areas. The Democratization of Science project is one that is using digital visualization to preserve and protect the cultural and natural history by using 3D imaging. The project will use 3D imaging to scan the entire museum collections and the archaeological sites and ancient landscapes around the world using unmanned aerial vehicles. Researchers are now able to use software to create virtual reconstructions which will also give and student, scholar, or interested individual access to historical areas.

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